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News |  28 Oct 2010 12:15 |  By RnMTeam

BBC, Deutsche Welle launches DRM channel for South Asia

MUMBAI: BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle (DW) are launching a new Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) channel for South Asia. Transmission starts on 31 October 2010 and will be broadcast from 1400 – 1800 GMT each day. Listeners will find the new programme stream on 13590 and 5845 kHz (SW) and additionally on 1548 kHz (MW) between 1700 – 1800 GMT.

This joint initiative between BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle will be use two transmitters in the region and will cover much of South Asia. The signal will cover the majority of the Indian sub-continent and may reach as far as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and other neighbouring countries.

The channel will carry a four-hour daily broadcast that includes the best international programmes in English and Hindi from BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle. It will also bring to the audience all the advantages of DRM digital radio including near-FM quality audio, text messages, journaline and an electronic programme guide (EPG).

DRM Chairman Ruxandra Obreja says, "Digital radio is as much about technology as it is about content. Through DRM we hope to increase the digital radio offer to South Asia giving people access to audio and multimedia content which should, in turn, convince manufacturers that digital radio brings something new worth investing in."